COVID-19 Policy

The Man In The Moon recognises the importance of advanced planning in order to maintain services and limit the spread of the new coronavirus, known as Covid-19.

Covid-19 is a viral infection similar to flu, spread from person to person by close contact. It typically causes fever and a dry cough, and in some cases may progress to viral pneumonia which cannot be treated by antibiotics. Symptoms of Covid-19 can include:

  • Dry cough

  • Sore throat

  • Fever

  • Tiredness

  • Difficulty breathing

The initial symptoms are not dissimilar to other colds and flu type illnesses, but the combination of a recent onset of fever and a new continuous cough seems to be present in many cases of Covid-19.

Infection or suspected infection

Any child who becomes ill with symptoms which could be Covid-19 whilst at our activities will be isolated from the other children by at least two metres until the child can be collected by their parent/carer. Most suspected cases turn out to be negative, so we will remain open unless advised otherwise by the local Health Protection Team, but parents/carers and crew members will be informed, especially those in high-risk groups.

If any crew members, or children or family members in their same household have returned from a high-risk area they will be asked to stay away for 14 days from their date of return.

If any parents have returned from a high-risk area, they will be asked to send someone else to drop off and collect their children from for 14 days after their date of return.

If any crew members or children experience a recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature - even if they have not been to a high risk area or been in contact with anyone who has - they must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, even if the symptoms are mild.

Should any children or crew members or family members in their household experience symptoms of COVID-19 the crew members/child should stay away until all symptoms have passed. The current guidelines are that this is 14 full days after the onset of symptoms

Infection control

Like the common cold and flu viruses, Covid-19 is spread by:

  • Infected people passing the virus to others through large droplets when coughing, sneezing, or even talking within a close distance.

  • Direct contact with an infected person: for example, if you shake or hold their hand, and then touch your own mouth, eyes or nose without first washing your hands.

  • Touching objects (e.g. door handles, light switches) that have previously been touched by an infected person, then touching your own mouth, eyes or nose without first washing your hands. Viruses can survive longer on hard surfaces than on soft or absorbent surfaces.

 

We will limit the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 by:

  • Regular hand washing by crew members and children.

  • Minimising contact between our hands and mouth/nose.

  • Covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; using a tissue whenever possible; disposing of the tissue promptly and carefully (bag it and bin it); washing hands afterwards.

  • Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles, light-switches, tables, etc.) with sanitiser frequently.

  • Encouraging the children to follow the guidance above.

  • Encouraging parents/carers to drop their children off at the front door of the club and a crew member will welcome them in and bring the children out to you at the end of the session.

  • Encouraging visitors (which will be limited) to use the hand sanitiser gel provided, before entering the premises and again before they leave.

  • Instructing crew members to remain at home if they display any relevant symptoms or sending them home if they first display symptoms while at work.

We will promote infection control through the methods above, and in addition we will:

  • Display posters and information to promote infection control.

  • Ensure that adequate supplies of cleaning materials and protective equipment (e.g. disposable gloves and aprons) are available.

  • Dispose of waste promptly and hygienically.

  • Provide tissues and suitable facilities for their disposal.

Closure

We will have to close if advised to do so by the local authority or Health Protection Team in the interest of safeguarding the children in our care. In the event of closure, we will notify parents/carers as soon as possible.

Advance planning

 

In preparation for dealing with Covid-19, we will ensure that all contact details for crew members, children and parents are up to date.

We will regularly update our information regarding Covid-19, by checking the latest guidance from Public Health England and the local authority and will inform parents and crew members of any changes to our emergency plans.

Please ensure to regularly check our website or Facebook for any updates.

 

Useful contacts

Health Protection Team: 0344 255 3861

Related policies: Medicine Administration and Risk Assessment.

Adopted: 11 May 2020

Review Period: 24 months​

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The Man In The Moon

Passfield Business Centre

Lynchborough Road

Passfield, Liphook

GU30 7SB

Telephone: 07825 167317

info@themaninthemoon.co.uk

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